Thursday, October 11, 2007

Olympic National Park -Hurricane Ridge (Day 1)

On Monday morning I left Port Townsend and headed towards Olympic National Park. I decided to just drive right through the towns of Sequim and Port Angeles, because I couldn't wait to get to the park. I love National Parks!

Olympic National Park is beautiful! I wasn't really sure what to expect when I went, but I got to learn a lot along the way. I first went to Port Angeles Visitor Center to pick up maps and ask questions. It turns out that was a good thing to do, because the other visitor centers were closed for the season, except for a few weekend dates. They recommended right away to head towards Hurricane Ridge, especially since it was a clear day. It's a 17-mile great drive right up the mountain. By the way, Dad and Uncle Jim, I'm glad I got the 6-cylinder Rav-4 because it handled the mountain very easily! At the top of Hurricane Ridge is a great spot to see the mountainous parts of the park. There are also a few trails that I explored. It was only 29 degrees out at the top, so it was good to hike and warm up a bit, but I didn't mind getting back into the warm car at the end!

In the pictures, you can see Mount Olympus on the left side of the main picture, with a wide glacier between it's top points, and then on the right side of the picture, at the other glacier, is Mount Carrie.

2 comments:

curiouscat said...

Nice post. I agree, take a clear day and go to Hurricane Ridge. The rest of the park is great too. See photos from my visit to Olympic National Park

Kari Joy, RN said...

curiouscat:
Thanks for your comment! Yes, it sure is a beautiful park. I was fortunate enough to explore around for a few days and got lots of great pictures. I checked out your travel site, and especially loved the pictures of Africa, which is a place near and dear to my heart.